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Cleveland to be Inducted into MPA Hall of Fame at Annual Meeting

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Legendary sports-writer Rick Cleveland will be inducted into the Mississippi Press Hall of Fame during the 158th Annual Meeting June 28 in Biloxi.

Cleveland, a columnist and correspondent for Mississippi Today, is a Hattiesburg native and a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He previously worked for the Hattiesburg American, Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger as a reporter, editor and columnist.

After leaving the Jackson newspaper in 2012, he served several years as executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers. Rick has authored four books and has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year. His latest, the Mississippi Football Book, was published in 2023.

The induction will take place Friday evening during the President’s Reception at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi. Registration for the convention is available online, or individual tickets for the reception are available for $40 by contacting Member Services Director Monica Gilmer, 601-981-3060 ext. 2

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